O, Persecuted

2014 | 00:11:37 | Palestine / United Kingdom | Arabic | B&W and Color | Stereo | 16:9 | HD video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: European Film/Video, Memory, Middle East, Sound, War

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O, Persecuted turns the act of restoring Kassem Hawal’s 1974 Palestinian Militant film Our Small Houses into a performance possible only through film. One that involves speed, bodies, and the movement of the past into a future that collides ideology with escapism.

"Basma Alsharif’s O, Persecuted confronts layers of history and ideology emanating from a recently restored 1974 Palestinian militant film. The grainy black-and-white images often appear hidden, barely glowing from beneath a thick, perhaps painted surface, which a performer methodically removes over the course of the film... There is an outburst of energy as the film shifts registers and shows a series of wildly energetic beach party images. Alsharif diagnoses a troubling uncertainty and disengagement in youth which slingshots from the past to the present day."

— James Hansen, Filmmaker Magazine

Premiere

New York Film Festival - Projections
New York, NY
2014

Exhibitions + Festivals

Mar del Plata International Film Festival

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